Two weeks ago I started a new sketchbook – a Moleskine Watercolour Notebook in A4 portrait – and I’m absolutely loving it. I filled 13 of these books during my big Europe trip last year but haven’t used them since then.
Not only does the paper suit my style of watercolour (see this article for more about that) but also these three aspects feel really good:
I’m really loving the freedom I have with my pen and brush when I’m working within an A3 size (double page spread). Working bigger certainly helps my flow!
The portrait format is so much easier to handle than a wide A4 landscape sketchbook (especially when out urban sketching) and it feels more like a normal notebook. This makes the book feel more ‘friendly’ and less precious, which is an important characteristic for an everyday sketchbook.
While the long format of an A4 landscape book probably has more composition and layout options overall, I’m finding the double page spread of this portrait book is easier to lay out and design. It’s working really well for my typical page which includes a morning coffee and an afternoon sketching outing.
A selection of pages from my sketchbook so far
Although I’ve shared some of these sketches before, I thought you might like to see them in the context of a full sketchbook spread. As always, please click on the images to view larger. Enjoy!
When you look at these pages can you see the joy and freedom I felt at the time?